Monday March 19th 2018

It’s decision time for voters

This was an open letter emailed to the EMC newspaper.

Dear Editor:

Dalton McGuinty, Tim Hudak, Andrea Horwath, tomorrow (hypothetically) will be a memorable day for you, because tomorrow, you will wake up seeing two of everything. You won’t be able to drive, and everything will seem so weird to you.

I know, you’ll go to see your doctor. Surely, he or she will know what to do. Your doctor will ask you how you’ve been feeling for the past while, if you’ve noticed anything else.

You’ll think about it, and then reply that your right hand was kind of numb, and you had difficulty writing a couple of months ago. But that straightened out on its own. You’ve also been experiencing some numbness and tingling in your extremities. Your doctor will arrange for you to see a neurologist because “oh, no”, you might have Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

You must do something about your MS! These are your options: Go ahead. Vote.

– There are four immunomodulators that may decrease the number and duration of your MS flare-ups. They average a 30-33% rate of effectiveness. They are very pricey, but you won’t need to worry about this.

– There is a study, although it’s very difficult to get in on. It involves knocking out one’s immune systems with high doses of chemotherapy, and using stem cells to restart it. It is very dangerous, and has a 5-8 per cent predicted death rate. About a whole 24 people have already had this treatment so far.

– There is a monthly I.V. therapy called Tysabri. However, you may want to consider the approximately 16 people who have passed related to opting for this intervention. It could also leave you with a nasty brain disease called PML. It was even recalled for a while.

– There is a relatively simple, safe venoplasty treatment used to open blocked jugular veins in the neck and the Azygus vein in the chest. Over 90 per cent of people who have MS also have these blocked veins. As a side effect of opening these veins, MS symptoms quite often, to some degree, improve.

The results for those just diagnosed with MS are usually very good. If done here in this country, the procedure is estimated to cost $1,500. Because it is a vascular problem, and neurologists here don’t like this, you will have to travel to another country, and spend thousands of dollars to have this procedure done. Oh well, other countries like the business and you can’t blame them for this.

Seventy-five thousand, and an ever growing number of people in Canada (times 10) at least (parents, spouses, children, aunts, uncles, friends) are interested in your decision. Your decision should be made known before the next provincial election.

CCSVI is starting to be correlated with other diseases now. How one group of people are treated could be the way other groups of people are treated. Copies of this will be sent to other politicians, media and facebook because this is a serious illness that is very time-sensitive. As well as causing way too much suffering for citizens of Ontario/Canada, it is not economically sensible.


Judy Butcher,

Eastons Corners

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One Comment for “It’s decision time for voters”

  • joe longo says:

    I jsut returned from having the liberation surgery in Providence Rhode Island on Aoril 28th, 2011. My great friend Jimmy ahd the surgery as well.

    I would’ve have preferred to have the surgery done in Canda absolutely!!
    As we are aware that is not allowed at present. I so applaud this letter and pray that it goes all way to finally getting the surgery done in Canad ASAP!!

    We all deserve this quamlity of life surgery done in our home country.
    Pleae let me know how I amy help make thsi happen.

    Joe Longo Guelp ON

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